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A spectacular collection of weird yet real creatures from the darkest depths of the oceans.
In this book, readers get a look into the watery deep and find 14 of nature's strangest creatures. Intricately drawn artworks and 200 stunning photographs highlight the extraordinary features of each animal's anatomy and survival tactics, such as bioluminescence to ward off predators and jet propulsion (in one case, jet vomit) to escape quickly.
The monsters include deep-sea fish, squid, jellyfish, and microscopic life, such as:
Black dragonfish, the inspiration for the parasitic Alien monsters
Deep-sea hatchet fish, google-eyed and bioluminescent
Deep-sea mussels that use bacterial fuel cells to harness energy from hydrothermal vents
Deep-sea shrimp that spew bioluminescent vomit to escape predators
Eyelight fish turn their flashlight eyes off and on while hunting
Japanese firefly squid, bioluminescent, whose blue flashes attract small fish on which it feeds
Lanternshark, totally bioluminescent in the deep sea
Pelican eel, with a comically oversized mouth and a tail so long that it gets tied in knots.
Monsters of the Deep is an exciting, informative collection that will interest readers of all ages.